There’s a report in France today in le10sport.com, that “great club” Newcastle United may make an attempt to get Marseilles striker Andre-Pierre Gignac in the January transfer window, but the French International striker doesn’t exactly fit the profile of players Mike Ashley likes to sign.
Andre-Pierre Gignac – free agent next summer
He will turn 29 next month, and his contract in France runs out in June of next year, and so he will be available at a cut price in January, although we would expect other Premier League clubs to be interested in signing the accomplished Marseilles striker.
The news is in the French media and it’s a comment from former Tottenham and Liverpool Director of Football Damien Comolli that he has made in le10sport.com.
Here’s where he mentions Newcastle being a great club who may sign Gignac in January:
“I hear a lot about Gignac moving to England at the moment. I think something may be going on in January. The question is whether it will be clubs of interest, and if he will want to move in January in the middle of a great season for him.
“Now a club threatened by relegation, or a club like Tottenham, which is in trouble, could move for him.” “If it is Tottenham or Newcastle, why not? These are great clubs.”
“But he is currently the number one striker in a team that is hot, and changing to a club in trouble, it is a decision that is not easy to take for him.”
We assume when Comolli says a team in trouble he really is talking about Spurs. 😀
Gignac is a very good player and has been in really good form this season for Marseilles with 10 goals in his 12 appearances, and it may be unlikely that Marseilles will let him go in January, even if it means they will lose him for nothing next summer.
Marseilles are top of the French League after 13 games with 29 points. and they are one point ahead of reigning Champions PSG.
So any money they will lose on Gignac in the summer will be more than made up, if they can win the French League and qualify immediately for the group rounds of the Champions League.
But Newcastle are continually being linked with going after Gignac in January, so perhaps there’s even some truth in this?
In his five seasons at Marseilles Gignac has made 160 appearances with 64 goals and 12 assists, and he has 19 full caps for France with 5 goals.
He’s a very good striker.